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Lancashire Arts Development Team: Supporting great art which transforms lives and places.

Lancashire Arts Development Team provides opportunities for people in Lancashire to experience and participate in a wide range of high quality arts activities. We have a rich and varied cultural landscape in Lancashire excelling in theatre, literature, music, dance, as well the visual and digital arts. The role of the team is to work in partnership to support this vibrant arts infrastructure, all rooted in the people and places of Lancashire.

Our work is driven by the following key principles:

  • Artistic impact - supporting work with real artistic vision and ambition that sits within the north west cultural landscape
  • Social Impact - supporting work with clear and measurable benefits including improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Lancashire.
  • Financial and Economic impact - supporting work that brings in additional resources to Lancashire and projects have an impact on the local economy e.g. attracting visitors into Lancashire
  • Financial Match - supporting work that brings in additional resources to the cultural landscape in Lancashire. 

Advice and support

Lancashire Arts Development Team provides advice, support and advocacy for the arts in Lancashire. We support the development of a robust arts sector through access to organisational and business support and through the facilitation of Arts Lancashire, a network of arts organisations across the County. Providing guidance on strategic development and funding applications to external sources has supported artists and arts organisations to develop more great art across the County.
We advocate for the arts in Lancashire at local, regional and national level including involvement in national networks such as Arts Development UK. We work with colleagues across Lancashire to demonstrate and embed the benefits of arts activity in wider agendas such as through health and well being, road safety, and cultural tourism. We develop and contribute to cultural strategy development and work with a range of partners and arts organisations to attract and secure investment into Lancashire.
Raising the profile of the arts and encouraging wider engagement are important strands of our work. We promote the range of high quality activity and debate in Lancashire through production and distribution of a monthly Lancashire Arts Bulletin. We are also working in partnership with Voluntary Arts England and Radio Lancashire on 'Up for Arts' a year long programme to promote engagement in the range of voluntary arts organisations in Lancashire.

Grants and funding

We manage an arts budget which is used to support arts organisations and development initiatives across Lancashire.  Find out more.

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